It's a tough spot, and unfortunately many of our clients have the exact same dilemma. Lenders do offer alternatives but most of these are available when borrowers fall behind on their payments. Counterproductive as it may seem, this is generally the case. One thing you could try is to negotiate with your lender for reduced monthly payments. This is a normally time consuming and frustrating, unless you have your mortgage with a local lender. The large national lenders are so overburdened these days that communicating with them is often very challenging. They will likely ask for your personal financials in determining whether this is an option, and may not even consider it at all when current on your monthly payments. Be very careful when considering Deed-in-Lieu. This affects your credit rating the same way a foreclosure does. In fact, Deed-in-lieu can be categorized as voluntary foreclosure. Lenders still need to approve Deed-in-Lieu transactions, and we have seen instances where the lender refused to take the property back. One has to remember that lenders are in the business of lending on property, not owning them. Bank of America, for example, really doesnâ€™t want to own your property in Waterville Maine this winter. Most lenders will consider a short sale however, but normally only will consider this alternative when the monthly mortgage payments fall in arrears. A short sale is when the lender accepts less than what is owed from the sale of the property, or in other words, they approve a sale that is â€œshortâ€ what is owed. Do keep in mind that these alternatives may have a negative affect on your credit rating. A short sale doesnâ€™t affect a personâ€™s credit score nearly as bad as a bankruptcy or foreclosure, but it does nevertheless.